If not careful, a fear of failure can grow into an inability to attempt something new. After some time, entrenched in negative thought patterns, an individual may view him or herself as inadequate. This belief is often reinforced by his or her negative circle and have serious consequences on mental health.
People with a positive outlook tend to attract other positive people. Having positive circles of friends and family can be helpful and insulating during difficult time of our lives. Those with a positive influence can act as natural cheerleaders that help encourage and balance out our negative thoughts. Those with a more negative outlook and those that continually surround themselves with others who tend to be more negative have a much more difficult time during times of stress and challenge.
Intentionally focusing on personal growth and positive affirmation to combat negative, repetitive thought. Positive affirmations channel emotions, awareness, and actions; it is essentially a reprogramming process for our mind, allowing us to shape our thoughts. Visualize needs and wants to take back control of personal motives and actions to achieve goals. To begin an affirmation journey:
- Set small, but achievable goals. Select those that could evolve into a something over time and enjoy the sense of accomplishment when each goal is reached. When choosing an affirmation, be authentic; you must believe. Faith is just a concept if you do not truly believe and embrace it.
- Create short and easy to remember affirmations. Weave them into the fabrics of your daily routines; visual aids such as note cards and pictures strategically placed in your home and office will become a power ally in positive thinking habits. Utilize vivid colors that speak to the positivity. Scents, sounds, and touchable items help affirmations connect to all senses and only help to strengthen the attached feeling.
- Convey affirmations powerfully. It is more constructive to focus simply on the desired outcome than what is not wanted. Instead of stating, “I don’t want be an assistant,” reword the thought into something positive such as “I will only accept an executive position.” Communicating positively is more stimulating and often nets better results since the goal is clear.
Negativity does not need to be a hindrance in the search for personal and professional development. Choose to be positive and affirm your purpose and goals to achieve your dreams.